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Here is the situtation. I am working on an Exchange 2000. Exchange was removed with the /removeorg paramter and uninstalled. /forestprep and /domainprep were run and Exchange 2000 was reinstalled. We have backups of the mdbdata folders and everything else. Is it possible to recover the mailboxes? I know you are supposed to recover on another computer but not the production server but there was no choice. Is all lost?

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Do you have an online backup or offline backup?
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All that we have is copys of the exchgvr directory, we renamed it exchngsvrold . So we have all the information stores...

I have a feeling that the /removeorg removed the server object which is going to make things harder.
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also ... check out this link http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/2000/support/dbrecovr.mspx
http://www.windowsitlibrary.com/Content/628/05/toc.html

Disaster Recovery Whitepapers for E2K - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=6E55DD49-8A6C-4F30-947E-BDE95917F585&displaylang=en


Pretty much everything you need to know about recovering E2K in those links above....

Have you tried using the /disasterrecovery switch with setup?

How to Backup and Restore the Windows 2000 System State
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;240363

How to Backup the System State of a Remote Machine
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;315412

Disaster Recovery for Exchange 2000 (a MUST read)
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;326052

Microsoft WebCast: Disaster Recovery for Exchange
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;325152
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Yeah ... that definitely complicates things ... you may be able to reinstall - copy over the mdbdata folder and then mount the database ... you can also try to run eseutil if it doesn't mount ... good luck though!
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Exchange 2000 was installed and then Sp3 was installed. Now I get some Mapi error q266418 about a differnt version. This whole thing is screwed.

I've read all thos ehelp docs, and they all talk about restore from tape, or using ntbackup, or this and that. None of them talk about restore after a fresh install of exchange.
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After a fresh install of 2000 i just have 2 directories in exchngsvr, addins and bin. No nothing? What the heck is going on?
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The disaster recovery link I gave you for the Whitepapers ... that document details the necessary steps for recovering after rebuilding the server ...

The problem is that you don't have an offline or online backup ... just copying over the mdbdata folder doesn't help you much ...


If you installed the E2K3 server with the exact same names you may be able to copy the folder back to the server and recover it using eseutil as I mentioned before ... unfortunately removing exchange the way it was and the methods used to preserve the data really hurt your chances for a clean recovery.

One last article you might read through ...

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=313184

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What if i restore AD on the Primary DC? will that resotre the exchange container?
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there will be no mailboxes on your exchange box for it to link the accounts ... if you got the mailbox store mounted you could use the MBConn utility to create AD accounts from the mailbox store ... then you could exmerge the data to PSTs, kill the mailboxes, recreate new mailboxes for all users and then import the data ... I'm just not sure you can get that store mounted ...
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I'm running out of options here. So even if I get the AD container back will I have any luck? There already was a new one created since I reinstalled Exchange 2000.

I'm going to dismount the stores and try to restore them and see what happenes. I know it won't work though.
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I tried mounting the store, but it won't becuase it says its from a different location.

Old exchange server installation was c:\exchngsvr
and the new install is in programfiles
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Is there anyone to get the Exchange containers back in AD so we can do a /disasterrecovery We are almost at the point of restoring AD on the DC and resotring our exchange server

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I'm not sure if he ever read the articles I posted but they would've had more than enough info to resolve the issue. I have a feeling they were at the point of no return since they only had an offline copy of the folder. Hopefully they got it working.
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